Friday Feature & Vinyl Frame/ Tiling Tutorial

One of my favorite uses for vinyl is stenciling. Crisp clean paint lines, yes please! I found a great example of this from Ode to Inspiration on our Flickr page… The painted phrase on this chair is perfect. 
You can check out the before/after and the transformation on her blog

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Tutorial Time… 

All of the vinyl projects I shared this week were created using a tiling technique. Tiling is a way to cut shapes that are larger than your cutting mat or roll of vinyl. Today’s tutorial is for the decorative frame in yesterday’s post which will illustrate the technique…
First, open the Page settings window in Silhouette studio and enter an estimated project height plus a couple of inches and the width of the material you are cutting. {I set mine to 9″ x 55″} You won’t be cutting pieces this long, but it will create a workspace on your screen large enough to open, size and manipulate your shape to the appropriate size. 
Next, use the rectangle tool to draw a shape the same dimensions as your mirror. Then, open the frame shape and drag the bounding boxes to resize it. When you’ve finished resizing, it should fit over the top half of the rectangle you drew in the previous step.  
With this particular shape, you’ll want to turn it into a compound path. To do that, open the modify window, select the frame and click ‘make’ under compound paths. 
Then, duplicate the frame and align it with the bottom of the rectangle. 
Next, select both frames, open the modify window and select weld.
Once the shapes are welded together release the compound path in the modify window.  This will allow you to then select the smaller rectangles and other little bits inside the frame that you don’t need to cut.
Once you’ve deleted the random bits, drag and select all but the large rectangle and group them back together.  It should now look like this.
Next draw a new rectangle that is slightly smaller than the one you drew at the beginning making sure it is centered in the new frame. 
Delete the original rectangle so you are left with only the frame shape. Then, select all of the shapes and  make it a compound path in the modify window. 
Now, it is time to cut the shape into tiles. There isn’t an exact science to this one, you just want to make sure that the pieces you slice will fit inside your cutting space.  I used the knife tool to slice mine 4 times. One in the center vertically, one on either side and once horizontally across the middle. 
Now the shape should be in 8 separate tiles that you can cut out individually. 
After cutting each piece, it can be helpful to weed it, apply the transfer paper and label it with a sharpie right then. That way the pieces don’t get mixed up and are easy to spot when it’s time to put it together on the wall. 
When adhering each piece on the wall,  first fold back the transfer tape revealing the edge of the vinyl you will be lining up with the previously placed piece. When that edge is lined up you are good to smooth down the rest of it.

Then repeat until your shape is complete. 

Moral of this story is don’t let the size of your mat or vinyl limit you. :) This tiling technique works  great with all sorts of shapes!   

12 thoughts on “Friday Feature & Vinyl Frame/ Tiling Tutorial

  1. Diane M. says:

    Great tutorial. You make it look so easy. :)

    1. jeana says:

      Thanks Diane! I was thinking that it looks much more difficult than it is… so if it looks easy, you’ll be awesome at it! :)

  2. Oh thank you so much! I was eager to learn this trick all week and kept checking back! I will have to use the free shape on my walls sometimes with a words of a quote inside each frame. Thanks for all the great tutorials, blog, and customer support with the cameo. And love the free shapes too!

    1. jeana says:

      Great idea for the free shape Lynette and thanks for the sweet comments!! :)

  3. Maysem says:

    OH YAAAY! I’m so glad to see you liked my chair!! Thanks for sharing with your readers!! My readers know how much I love my Silhouette as I do mention quite often on my blog… so this makes me feel special to be mentioned on the Silhouette blog!:P

    1. jeana says:

      You bet! :) Thanks for posting to our Flickr group… it’s fun to see your ideas!

  4. Eveline says:

    I love the frame around the mirror. Thanks for showing how to make it.
    I just ordered a Cameo today after selling my Silhouette SD yesterday. I’m so looking forward to working with it.

    1. jeana says:

      Thanks Eveline! Have fun with your new CAMEO!! :)

  5. Judy Bagwell says:

    I love the chair and the frame. Both are great projects.

  6. jintyoo7 says:

    Wonderful tutorial – hope to put it to good use :)

    Thank you!

  7. Tine says:

    Looks fabulous.

  8. Joan says:

    That vinyl frame makes the mirror look gorgeous! Thanks for this tutorial. I’m still learning my way around my new Silhouette. I will keep this one bookmarked for use later.

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